Board Member

Purpose of the Role

The Board has two main responsibilities. It ensures the performance of Tidal through setting and monitoring strategic plans, overseeing finances, managing resources and guarding our vision, mission and values. It also ensures conformance with relevant legislation, local regulation and our own policies, procedures and governing document. Board members are responsible for the sound running of the organisation, and are legally liable for its actions.

As well as this governance role, Board members are also expected to help carry out the operational work of Tidal. We have two strands of work: running campaigns on issues of ecological and economic global justice, and undertaking projects to build the ecological and economic justice movement in Leeds. Board members will be expected to lend time and expertise to these activities.


The duties of a Board Member are to:

  • Set and monitor our strategic plan.
  • Safeguard the vision, mission and values in decision-making.
  • Ensure compliance to articles of association, legislation, local regulations, and our own policies, procedures and governing documents.
  • Ensure Tidal is well run and has good governance.
  • Be an ambassador for Tidal.
  • Get hands-on with the work of Tidal, helping run campaigns and movement-building initiatives.
  • Attend Board meetings (around 6 per year, plus a couple away days) and sit on relevant sub-committees.
  • Spend around 15 hours per month on Tidal business. (this is an estimate – please don’t be put off!)

Person Specification

We’re looking for people with the following qualities (it’s not comprehensive and we don’t expect you to have all of them):

  • Passionate about our cause and our approach
  • Strategic thinkers
  • Creative
  • Speak their mind
  • Understand the role of a Board member and its legal responsibilities
  • Familiar with issues of economic and ecological global justice
  • Familiar with campaigning and approaches to building social movements
  • Possess high personal integrity

We’re also looking for people with particular skills and experience in the following:

  • Financial management
  • Fundraising
  • Legal knowledge
  • Volunteer management
  • Advanced understanding of movement Building

Further Reading

There is a wealth of support available for potential Board members. We recommend the following resources:

Get in Touch

If you would like to find out more about becoming a one of Tidal’s Board, please get in touch with our Chair, David Pattinson at